Oily skin, oily hair? Yes please

By Susannah Edwards

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If you’re anything like me, the idea of using oil on your face, hair or body is a no-no. Why would you want to put anything greasy on an area that isn’t meant to be, well, greasy? That was my way of thinking, anyway, until I was given a face oil to try out (Facial Oil for Glowing Radiance, £55, by organic brand, Ila, to be precise). And since then I haven’t looked back.

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You see, contrary to common belief, using oil on your face actually helps to prevent greasy skin instead of creating it. This is because oil-free cleansers and moisturisers can strip the skin of its natural oils, forcing it to overcompensate on oil production (potentially leading to spots). A little bit of oil – used in either a cleanser or moisturiser – will work wonders for your complexion. And as Max Mara and Missoni perfectly demonstrated on the catwalk, luminously dewy dewy skin is a must for SS10.

But it’s not just my face that I’ve embraced oil for – I’ve discovered just how amazing a body oil can be. Johnson’s Baby Oil leaves my skin softer than even my favourite body cream and it’s only £1.99.

Finally, there’s one other area I like to apply (you guessed it) oil to… my hair. I’ve been using Delicate Care Organic Oil, £13.75, by Matix Biolage – containing argan, lavender and olive oil – and love it. I simply comb it through before bedtime and wash it off the next day. It nurtures my fine, damaged hair without leaving a hint of grease.

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